Cold Wax and Oil

$270 + Material List

Laura Culic
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All Levels
  1. June 2 - 4, 9AM - 4PM
Southampton Arts 201 High St Southampton, ON Canada N0H 2L0

Oil & cold wax is a super exciting, always engaging and seemingly unlimited technique. Laura's approach to this medium is multi-layered. The cold wax gives the paint a bit stiffer and more buttery body than straight oil, thus it lends itself beautifully to applying with various tools - squeegees, bowl scrapers, cabinet scrapers, credit cards, palette knives, brayers… you name it. The wax helps the oil to dry more quickly, facilitating the build up of layers, and also the scraping back into underlying strata. Mark making with oil sticks or with tools is also an integral part of her process. 

This technique really helps to loosen up painters who are used to, or even limited by the amount of control achieved with brushes - chance and serendipity enter into the cold wax equation to a great degree. Cold wax painting also invites creativity, and painting intuitively in the moment, rather than with strict pre-planning.

Participants are welcome to use their own photo reference, or to paint abstract or landscape inspired paintings imaginatively and intuitively. Although we’ll remain mindful of the basic tenets of good painting: composition and design; colour mixing and temperature; value; intuitive application alternating with analysis, the focus will be on process and on exploring the medium itself, not the final outcome.  Laura will offer one-on-one instruction, insightful and constructive critique and positive encouragement.

Rather than work on completing one perfect painting, participants  will be encouraged to work on several at once, to allow a true sense of play and experimentation pervade. This medium is really fun, and seems to encourage painting “in the moment”. Mistakes don’t really seem to exist - marks made are easily scraped off or painted over, thus contributing to the interest, depth and sense of history in a piece.


Cold Wax Painting
Participants provide their own materials, including paints, supports and cold wax. Participants should bring their own tools for paint application and removal, but are welcome to try out mine as well.

Cold Wax
Gamblin Cold Wax medium, available from Curry’s, DeSerres, Aboveground Art Supplies. Or Dorland’s, available at Curry’s. If participants don’t already have cold wax, I suggest pooling together to purchase a large 128 oz tin, available at Aboveground. Also available at Wyndham Art Supplies in Guelph.

***Check into Cold wax availability and order as soon as possible, in case of supply chain disruption.

Oil Paint is necessary for cold wax painting. Acrylic does not mix with cold wax. Participants should bring their own preferred and familiar colours. If buying more paint, or adding to range on the palette, these are suggested colours:

Red: a cool, clear red like Quinacridone; and a warm red like Cadmium or Naphthol.
Yellow: cool yellow like Hansa light or medium; and a warm yellow like Cadmium Yellow Medium
Blue: Ultramarine and/or Cobalt and Phthalo Blue
Earth Colours: Opaque: Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Mars Orange.Transparent: Yellow Iron (or Earth) Oxide and Red Iron (or Earth) Oxide, Green Earth or Terre Verte.
Ivory Black
Titanium White

Useful additions are: Phthalo Green or Viridian Green; Cadmium or Azo Orange; Indian Yellow; Naples Yellow; a Violet like Manganese, Cobalt or Quinacridone; Manganese Blue; Indigo Blue; Turquoise Blue; Violet Grey; Zinc or Titanium/Zinc White. I also use Gamblin Solvent-Free Fluid to extend or thin paint.
Recommended paint brands are Kama Pigments, Winsor Newton, Gamblin, M Graham

Oil Sticks
Kama and R & F make excellent quality oil sticks. Winsor Newton and Shiva make okay oil sticks. If participants have their own, they should bring them. While not necessary, they are fun and useful additions to the technique. Suggested colours as for the oils, above. A blending stick is a fun option.

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